Showing posts from July, 2011

Gobble, gobble! Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are 36 foolproof Instant Pot recipes. Each has at least a 4.5 star rating and a minimum of 30 reviews. No Instant Pot? Treat yourself this Black Friday and use your Crock Pot in the meantime.

And the Winner is...

...the super duper blogger who posted this: Bugs!! Who else here wants to rescue the baby from the cricket? He likes bugs, but still...blech!  and this: Valentine's Party Too early to think about February, you say? Nonsense! The grocery stores here in Albuquerque are already stocked for Halloween. Valentine's Day is going to be here before you know it. Congratulations, Kara at The exception, not the rule...the Swindells ! For your Best in Show award, I have two buttons for you to choose from this week: On a side note, I keep getting the feeling that there is a bug crawling up my foot. Thank you for that, Kara ;) Thank you to everyone who participated in the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! Check back this weekend for another fun link-up party and another chance to win the Best in Show award!

Smores In The Oven

If you're a fellow Family Guy fan, you surely remember the episode where Peter and Bill Clinton have the munchies and talk about stealing and eating a pig. It went something along the lines of "We could totally eat that pig, man. It could be in our stomachs in, like, a minute." People, these s'mores are your one minute pig. If you're not a fellow Family Guy fan, I've surely just lost you forever as a reader here. Sorry. Smores in the oven are perfect when you're craving a quick, sugary treat. They work equally well in a toaster oven and a convection oven. Best of all, compared to eating an entire bag of Oreos, they're quite healthy. Not that I would ever eat the e ntire bag of Oreos. I'd save one for SN. Smores in the Oven Step 1: Put desired amount of graham crackers on a toaster oven/convection oven-safe pan. (No graham crackers? No problem! Make pretzel s'mores instead.)   Looks like it's time to clean thi

Not Baaad Sundays BLOG HOP

Link up below! First though, be sure to vote for your favorite blog post (right sidebar). Be ready to open a bunch of tabs. This week's nominees are:   Clutterhome In.Progress   One Orange Giraffe Sweet Tea Serendipity Artsy Va Va   The Exception, Not the Rule     Blue Jeans and Flip Flops Me and My Boys   Craftionary   Blissful & Domestic   (best photo ever!) Congratulations to all the impressive nominees! And good luck too! Now the fun really begins. Voting (right sidebar) will take place all week, leaving just one of the above bloggers with the one and only Best in Show award. Nominees, here is a button to help: Now, let's link up! As always, be sure to visit at least TWO of your fellow linked bloggers. No one likes a party pooper.

Puppy Wearing a Cone!

After she was spayed, Sexy Nerd and I requested that Pica be sent home wearing a cone (really, how much can you trust a Jack Russell not to chew her stitches?) The veterinarian thought it was unnecessary, but complied.  Post-surgery and drugged out of her little mind, we put Pica straight to bed. After she had rested, the real fun began... I love when she walks into the lamp. Bonk!

Giveaway! 16x20 Photo Canvas from UPrinting

I just created a photo canvas on and am pleased to report back that it couldn't be easier. I love the "make background' option (perfect when your original photo and your desired photo are different dimensions) and it's even possible to design a collage. A canvas print (ooh, or canvas prints!) with wedding photos sounded good at first, possibly in a variety of canvas sizes, but I soon realized that I was more interested in making a ginormous version of this: Remember when I dyed my hair blonde and asked if it would be too weird to have this photo enlarged and hung on my wall? I decided to do it anyway, weird or no weird. (And I think we all know which of the two this is.) According to Marinelle at, who contacted me for this giveaway, is an online printing company that has earned customer loyalty by offering more customizable offset printing and digital printing options than other online printers. They are popular for

BLOG HOP! Vote and Link Up

Friends, welcome to another Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop! The past few weekends have been dedicated to the BEST of the Best in Show competition, so we need to play a little bit of catch-up with the Best in Show nominees. Wait! Keep reading! I promise you it's more fun than I just made it sound. Three weeks worth of linky parties have created the following drool-inducing list of nominees, in what can only be summed up as the Best in Show Sweet Treat Edition: (You're welcome.)   Eat Cake for Dinner - my kinda blog title and general rule of life. Prunille Fait Son Show ("Prunille Puts On a Show") Hezzi-Ds Books and Cooks Pinch of This, That, & the Other  - Pancakes aren't your idea of a sweet treat? These are made with cake batter! Mmmmm. Making Memories With Your Kids Screaming Sardine - No worries. The title of the blog is no indication of the "surprise" in this German Chocolate Surprise Cake. (Whew!) The Sweet Details - I'

Link Up! It's Time for a Blog Hop

Just a quick reminder, my $50 Old Amsterdam Giveaway and $30 Crepes Giveaway both end this Monday and both have low entries! If you don't bother to enter, you're guaranteed a 0% chance of winning. Now, let's link up! * And, please, resist the urge to be completely antisocial - visit at least 2 of your fellow blog hoppers.

Crazy Wedding Quotes

While visiting Sexy Nerd's family for the 4th of July, the topic of our bizarre wedding came up. No one believed me about some of the things that our wedding officiant, Captain Howie, had discussed during the ceremony. Most of them were there though. They must have blocked the craziness out. Luckily, everything was recorded. Click the image to enlarge - you won't regret it! As you can imagine, there were some red flags about using Above Heaven's Gate and Captain Howie for our wedding. For example, after months of communicating through email, we called and were told to hang on so they could get someone who speaks Spanish. You know, because we live in New Mexico. We even canceled him as our wedding officiant and planned a new ceremony at Turtle Bay...but we switched back because we liked Captain Howie's location better. Funny enough, "his location" was Moli'i Gardens and I'm not sure we actually had permission to be there  (actually, I'

Snow in July with Shabby Apple

We just arrived home from our July 4th travels and are worn out. How worn out? A moment ago, Sexy Nerd was asleep on the couch, despite his recorded Nascar race progressing without him. He was sitting up with the remote control for the speakers on top of his head , completely dozed off. He put it there in his sleepy daze. You can find a photo here . Yes, I'm a mean wife. The flash from my photos woke him up. Now he's grouchy. Anyway... We visited Sexy Nerd's family in Colorado this weekend and my parents tagged along. On a whim, we drove up to Cottonwood Pass. We really weren't dressed appropriately. Shorts and t-shirts are an ideal choice for a hot 4th of July. But wait! What is that in the distance? Snow! And Sledders!! Really, who are these people who go sledding in July? You crazy Coloradans! Of the four of us, I was dressed the most sensibly of all. It drives my mom crazy when she tries to take my photo and I pull out my camera and